Malden, MA
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Malden is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 61,068 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Malden is the 17th largest community in Massachusetts. Malden has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Housing costs in Malden are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Malden is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.13% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Malden is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Malden who work in office and administrative support (14.39%), sales jobs (9.34%), and management occupations (8.95%).

Also of interest is that Malden has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Malden is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

In Malden, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.09 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Malden is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Malden area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Malden is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.69% of adults in Malden have a college degree.

The per capita income in Malden in 2010 was $26,760, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,040 for a family of four. However, Malden contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Malden is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Malden home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Malden residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Malden also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Malden include Italian, Haitian, Brazilian, and English.

In addition, Malden has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (42.37%).

The most common language spoken in Malden is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.